Fishing leads to fight

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Wednesday, June 9, at 3:51 a.m. Officers responded to the 2200 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding a robbery that just occurred. Upon arrival, officers... Read more →


Taxi cab overhaul plan heads to council

CITY HALL — A proposal to bar all but five of 44 licensed taxi cab companies from operating in Santa Monica and reduce the total number of cabs allowed in the city by nearly half could get the City Council’s approval on Tuesday, part of a plan that City Hall officials say will improve the quality of taxi service and cut down on... Read more →


Two arrested in 2008 murder

DOWNTOWN — A woman and a man from Camarillo were behind bars today in connection with the murder of aspiring model-actress Juliana Maureen Redding, whose body was discovered in March 2008 in her Santa Monica apartment. Kelly Soo Park, 44, and Ronnie Wayne Case, 34, were arrested Thursday in Camarillo by Santa Monica police. No motive... Read more →


Businesses getting ready for the big one

RAND Corp. — They may have been small in magnitude, but recent earthquakes that have rattled floorboards in Santa Monica and beyond have also served as needed reminders that a large-scale disaster could happen any time. With just 14 percent of Americans prepared for such an event — and many local businesses without plans to cope... Read more →

City Council

Council adopts $553M budget

CITY HALL — With sharp decreases in revenue because of the recession, cities across the Southland have had to make tough decisions about cutting programs, dropping projects and laying off employees. In Santa Monica, where the City Council on Tuesday adopted a roughly $553 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, the... Read more →


It’s official: SMPD’s Sanchez headed to Pasadena

DOWNTOWN — Deputy Chief Phillip L. Sanchez will become the new police chief of Pasadena, effective July 11, it was announced this week. Sanchez, a 29-year-veteran of the SMPD, “has a strong background in police management and a reputation as a leader who is sensitive to community issues,” said Pasadena City Manager Michael... Read more →


Kids use lemonade stand to save teachers’ jobs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The defeat last month of Measure A, the proposed parcel tax that would have generated $5.7 million per year for local public schools but failed to garner the required two-thirds support from voters, has parents and other school boosters scrambling to help out. More than 150 supporters have been attending meetings and... Read more →

City Council

Court decision could pave way for 19 evictions

CITY HALL — The owners of an apartment and hotel property in the Wilmont district could be allowed to evict 19 tenants under the Ellis Act and turn the units into hotel rooms despite having previously waived their right to do so, a state appellate court ruled this week. Issued on Monday, the decision was a loss for City Hall, which... Read more →


Heal the Bay named grand marshal of 4th of July parade

OCEAN PARK — Environmental watchdog Heal the Bay has been named this year’s grand marshal of the Santa Monica Main Street Fourth of July Parade, event organizers announced Tuesday. The 4 year-old parade is organized by the Ocean Park Association and attracted nearly 1,000 participants last year and an estimated 10,000 spectators... Read more →


Free parking measure makes ballot

SM BEACH — A trip to the beach is an inexpensive way to pass a summer day, and it could become even more recession-friendly if voters this November approve a proposed ballot initiative that would do away with parking fees for in-state drivers at all California state parks — including at Santa Monica’s state-owned beaches. Of... Read more →


New veterans home dedicated in West L.A.

VA CAMPUS — Nearly 400 elderly and disabled veterans will soon have a new housing and long-term care facility to call their own, following the official opening on Monday of the West Los Angeles Veterans Home. The $253 million facility is located on 17 acres in Westwood that the U.S. Veterans Administration gave to the state of... Read more →


Creating distance

Dear EarthTalk OK, so are cell phones emitting dangerous radiation or not? If so, which phones are safer that others and what do we do to minimize exposure? Luke Alderman Santa Fe, NM The jury is still out as to whether or not the radiation emitted by cell phones can cause negative health effects for callers. Mobile phones emit signals to... Read more →